Frequently asked questions

Summer Programs
What is the difference between EngSci, GirlSci, MakerGirls and EngTech?

EngSci and GirlSci cover most of the same projects. However, GirlSci offers an all-girl environment and is taught by a female instructor.

EngTech and MakerGirls (a girls-only camps) focus on hardware and software projects, while EngSci and GirlSci offer a mixture of science- and technology-based projects.

All camp groups are divided by age.  There will be age-appropriate activities for younger participants and more challenging activities for older participants. No matter their age, campers at Adventures will participate in a variety of engaging, educational and fun activities.

What is the minimum age for volunteers?

Due to security reasons and based on past experience, we now require that all our volunteers complete grade 9 in order to be eligible for volunteering with Adventures in Engineering and Science. In rare cases when volunteer registrations are low, we may accept volunteers who have just completed grade 8.

A parent must send an email to adventures@uottawa.ca to inquire about volunteer availability for grade 8 students before registering their child. All volunteers may be requested to provide proof of grade level.

Are the same projects repeated each year?

No, we do not repeat any projects from the last three years.

What types of projects are offered at the EngTech, MakerGirls and TeenTech camps?

In these three camps, campers will take part in hardware- and software- based projects at the electrical engineering and 3D printing labs. They also get to work with robotics and programming.

Where can I find out about camp availability?

Camp availability will be listed on our camp schedule. However, please contact us if you have specific questions regarding availability.
Email: adventures@uottawa.ca
Phone : 613-562-5491

How much do camps cost?

Camps cost $270 per week ($220 for four-day weeks due to civic holidays). Please consult the Summer Programs/Camps page for further information. The volunteer program is free of charge.

What is your cancellation/refund policy?

You may cancel your registration up to two weeks before the start date of your registered camp and receive a refund. However, a $30 administrative fee will be charged for every refund. We cannot offer a refund if a cancellation is made with less than two weeks’ notice. 

What languages are the camps offered in?

The majority of our camp groups are conducted entirely in English or entirely in French, depending on the needs of participants (campers are divided by language and age). Occasionally, due to low registration, a camp group will be conducted in both French and English together.

Can my four-year old attend a camp?

Children who have completed a full year of junior kindergarten are eligible to participate in one of our camps. Please note that a proof of completion may be requested.

Is lunch provided?

Lunch is not provided by the camp. We ask that all campers bring their own peanut/nut-free lunch. Lunches are eaten at the cafeteria, in classrooms or outside. Please note that microwaves are not always readily available. Campers are asked not to bring any money to camp. On Fridays, a pizza lunch and juice will be provided for campers.

Why are some camps numbered? (Ex: EngSci 2)

The numbers 1 through 4 simply represent the number of different weeks of camp. For example, there are four different weeks of EngSci.  The format and schedule are the same each week, but the projects are different. It is therefore possible for a camper to take part in 4 consecutive weeks of EngSci without repeating the same projects. The weeks are independent from one another and are non-cumulative. It is therefore possible for your child to attend week 4 before week 2 without a problem.

What is the difference between TeenSci and TeenTech?

TeenTech focuses on hardware and software projects, whereas TeenSci focuses on a mixture of science- and technology-based projects. Both camps offer 3D printing and electrical engineering activities, but only the TeenSci campers do chemistry experiments and dissections. TeenTech activities include robotics and programming activities.

Do the kids get to go outside and exercise or are they inside all day long?

The campers get breaks throughout the day to go outside and play. . Campers will also be walking between the different laboratories at the university, and every Friday, we will be playing team-building games outside.

What types of projects are offered at the EngSci, GirlSci and TeenSci camps?

In all three Sci camps, campers will take part in chemistry experiments, electrical engineering projects, a dissection and 3D printing at various university laboratories. Older campers (11-17 years old) will also get to complete a sheet metal project at the mechanical engineering lab.   

When are the camps?

Camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday (except for four-day weeks due to civic holidays). We offer free before-and-after care from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for the on-campus camp, and from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the off-campus camp. 

Where do I drop off my child? Where can I park?

Children should be dropped off and picked up at the SITE building on the University of Ottawa campus. It is located at 800 King Edward Ave. There is free parking across the street at Mann Garage during pick-up and drop-off hours (8-9 a.m. and 4-5 p.m.), but there is a fee when parking at Mann Garage outside of these hours.  A campus map can be found here

What methods of payments do you accept?

Payments are to be made online, by credit card, at the time of registration. We no longer accept cheques or cash.

My child is currently on a waiting list. Should I proceed with payment?

No, you should not proceed with payment until we can guarantee a spot for your child in one of our camps. Should a spot become available to you, we will contact you regarding how to proceed with payment.

My child is ___ years old. What camp should they sign up for?

The grade your child has completed will determine which program(s) he is eligible for. Below is a list of programs offered this year with corresponding grade ranges. Please note that a proof of grade level may be requested.

EngSci: K-6

GirlSci: 2-6

MiniMed: 2-5

MakerGirls: 4-7

EngTech: 4-7

TeenSci: 7-8

TeenTech: 7-8

Enrichment courses: 9-11

Off-campus: 2-6

Volunteering : 9+

My child is 13 years old. Which camp should I register them for?

The teen camps offer a similar schedule to the regular camps. However, projects are more advanced. When choosing a camp, evaluate your child’s level of comfort when interacting with older children.

If my child and her friend are both registered for the same camp, will they be grouped together?

There are multiple groups within each program, so please indicate in the comments section of your registration if you would like your child to be placed with a friend or family member. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee any groupings (especially if the children's languages, grades or camps are different). However, we will do our best to accommodate your request. No group changes will be made after 12 p.m. on the first day of camp.

Science Workshops
How do I book a workshop?

Booking a workshop is simple:

  1. First, decide if you want a workshop at your school or at the uOttawa campus. If you want our team to go to your school, make sure to book at least 2 workshops (i.e. with other teachers). You can always come to campus with your class for one or more workshops.
  2. Once you have decided on the location of the workshop(s), explore the workshop options and choose the one(s) that will best suit your students’ interests and your curriculum.
  3. Select two potential workshop dates. Registrations for workshops are done on a first-come, first-served basis. Although we would like to accommodate as many requests as possible, our resources are limited.
  4. On the workshop page, click on Register Now, fill out all required information and submit your application. This step must be completed on a computer (phones and tablets will not work). Submit your request.
  5. You will receive an email from Adventures 1-3 business days following the receipt of your application. Occasionally, it can take up to 5 business days for us to contact you. If you do not hear back from Adventures within a week, please send us an email at: adventures@uottawa.ca.
  6. Once your registration has been processed, we will send you an email with a tentative schedule. You must review it thoroughly then reply by email to either confirm your registration or make changes.
  7. Once we receive your email confirming the tentative schedule, we will send you a final confirmation. If your workshops are on campus, we will provide you with all necessary information (where to go, what to bring, etc.).
Is it possible to book only one workshop?

Unfortunately, single workshops can only be done on campus. Your school needs to register for a minimum of two workshops on the same day for us to go to your school. You could talk to other teachers in your school to see if they are also interested in hosting a science workshop. 

Is there a discount for booking multiple workshops?

If you book four or more workshops for the same day at the same location, there is a discount of $5 per workshop. Workshops therefore cost $75 per workshop at your school ($110 for Biodiversity) and $35 per workshop on campus ($75 for Biodiversity).

Do I need to give the exact number of students that will be participating?

Yes. In order for Adventures to be able to sustain its programs (including workshops at schools), we rely on sponsorship from a number of partners. Therefore, we must provide accurate statistics, including the number of students participating in each workshop. We thank you for taking the time to provide us with all the necessary information required in the registration form.

What is the maximum number of participants per workshop?

The maximum number of participants per workshop is 35. However, based on feedback from our instructors and teachers, workshops work best with groups of 15-25 students. If you have a group of more than 35 students, the best option is to split the group into two as there won’t be enough material for every student. In this case, the workshop will have greater value and will be more enjoyable for everyone!

How to get on Campus for a workshop

When you will receive your email confirmation, you will receive a campus map indicating where to meet our instructors. You will also receive a waiver form that must be signed by the parents of all participants. Please note, students without a signed waiver form will NOT be authorized to participate in the workshop(s).

As of April 24 2016, if you have arranged transportation with OC Transpo, you will need to take bus #95, and get off at the King Edward/Templeton stop.  This bus stop is located in front of 770 King Edward. If you have arranged a school bus, the drop-off location (loading dock) is 770 King Edward Ave., a one-minute walk from the SITE building (800 King Edward Ave.). The workshop instructor will be waiting for your group 15 minutes before the start of the workshop at the SITE main entrance on the ground floor. If you experience any issues getting to the campus, or if the bus is running late, please call us at: 613-562-5491.

What methods of payments do you accept?

We only accept cash or cheques (payable to the University of Ottawa). Please have the correct amount ready on the day of our/your visit.

Do you offer free workshops?

Yes, we offer a number of free workshops to a variety of non-profit organizations, including community centres, youth groups, aboriginal and Inuit centres, Boys and Girls clubs, Scout groups, and Girl Guide groups. To find out if your group/organization is eligible for a free workshop, or to book one, please email us at: adventures@uottawa.ca.

uOttawa Maker Mobile Workshops
How do I book a Maker Mobile workshop?

Booking a workshop is simple.

  1. Explore the workshop options and choose the one(s) that will best suit your students’ interests and your curriculum.
  2. Select two potential workshop dates. Registrations for workshops are done on a first-come, first-served basis.
  3. On the Maker Mobile workshop page, click on Register HERE today!, fill out all required information and submit your application. This step must be completed on a computer (phones and tablets will not work).
  4. You will receive an email from Adventures 1-3 business days following the receipt of your application. Occasionally, it can take up to 5 business days for us to contact you. If you do not hear back from Adventures within a week, please send us an email at: adventures@uottawa.ca.
  5. Once your registration has been processed, we will send you an email with a tentative schedule. You must review it thoroughly then reply by email to either confirm your registration or make changes.
  6. Once we receive your email confirming the tentative schedule, we will send you a final confirmation. 
What methods of payments do you accept?

We only accept cash or cheques (payable to the University of Ottawa). Please have the correct amount ready on the day of our/your visit.

What is the maximum number of workshops that can be booked in one day?

We can offer a maximum of four Maker Mobile workshops in one day. If the Maker Mobile is reserved for a full day, there will be two workshops in the morning and two in the afternoon.

Do I need to give the exact number of students that will be participating?

Yes. In order for the uOttawa Maker Mobile to be able to sustain its programs (including workshops at schools), we rely on sponsorship from a number of partners. Therefore, we must provide accurate statistics, including the number of students participating in each workshop. We thank you for taking the time to provide us with all the necessary information required in the registration form.

Can I book 3D printing workshops and laser cutting workshops for the same day?

Yes. However, you can only reserve one of each for the same day. 3D printing and laser cutting must be booked as the first workshops in the morning and/or afternoon. This will allow extra time for the tools to complete their tasks (i.e. to print or to laser-cut the designs). For this reason, 3D printing and laser cutting workshops cannot be booked back-to-back. 

As a teacher, how can I prepare for the workshops?

To prepare for our visit, our team will require:

  • Access to a room with tables (or desks) and chairs for all participants
  • A minimum of three power outlets
  • A projector
  • Wi-Fi access (please have the password ready for our instructors).
  • For a 3D printing workshop, we will need a table to install our three 3D Printers (close to power outlets)
Do you offer free workshops?

Yes, we offer a number of free workshops to a variety of non-profit organizations, including community centres, youth groups, aboriginal and Inuit centres, Boys and Girls clubs, Scout groups, and Girl Guide groups. To find out if your group/organization is eligible for a free workshop, or to book one, please email us at: mmobile@uottawa.ca.

How much do Maker Mobile workshops cost?

The price to reserve the Maker Mobile for a half-day is $150 and includes 1 to 2 workshops (75 minutes each). The price to reserve the Maker Mobile for a full day is $300 and includes 2 to 4 workshops (75 minutes each).  

What is the minimum number of workshops that I need to book?

There is no minimum. However, if you book only one workshop, you will be charged for a half-day ($150).

What is the maximum number of participants per workshop?

The maximum number of participants per workshop is 30.

Can I book four 3D printing workshops for the same day?

No. There is a maximum of two 3D printing workshops per day. 3D printing workshops must be booked as the first workshop in the morning and/or afternoon in order to leave enough time for the printers to complete their prints. For this reason, 3D printing workshops cannot be booked back-to-back.

Can I reserve four identical workshops for the same day?

Yes. However, 3D printing and laser cutting workshops are limited to two per day (or one of each per day). Any other workshop can be reserved for up to four times in one day.

Can workshops be held outside?

Yes, weather permitting, workshops can be held outside in a parking lot or on school property. Tables and chairs for all students will be set up around the Maker Mobile. Please note that students are not permitted inside the Maker Mobile truck. In cases of inclement weather, the workshops must be held inside the school.

Can I rent some of your equipment (3D Printers, lasers, etc.)?

No. We do not rent out any of our equipment. However, the uOttawa Richard L’Abbé Makerspace is open to the general public on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and you are welcome to come and work on your personal projects for free. The Makerspace is located in the Colonel By building, room B109A (161 Louis Pasteur pvt.).

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